Truck Driving (CDL Class A)
12-credit Technical Diploma
Program Code 30-458-1
Truck drivers transport goods from one point to another, oftentimes traveling through multiple states and navigating adverse road and weather conditions. In this program, prepare to earn a Class A Commercial Truck Driver's License. Gain knowledge of federal and state regulations, safety procedures, hazardous materials, bills of lading, loading and securing, and air brake systems.
How Long It Will Take
- A 10-week daytime option (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) is offered in fall, spring and summer semesters.
- A 16-week evening option (Monday-Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., plus one Saturday, 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) is offered during the fall semesters only.
- A 19-week weekend option (Saturdays and Sundays, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) is offered during the spring semesters only.
You can begin this program in the fall, summer or spring semester.
How This Program Is Offered
This program consists of 128 hours each of classroom instruction, time driving on the track and road driving.
What Makes This Program Unique
- Graduates will have an opportunity to obtain a Class A Commercial Driver's License; endorsements for hazardous materials, tankers and doubles/triples; air brake certification; and a National Safety Council Defensive Driving Certificate.
- Train in a state-of-the-art truck driving simulator that can replicate real-life high-risk situations within a safe environment before advancing to driving tractor trailers with an instructor on area roadways.
- Participate in service learning projects that benefit the community. In the past, instructors and students transported donated food to the Food Pantry of Waukesha.
For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page.
This program includes general-education courses as well as introductory and advanced technology core courses. You may also have the opportunity to obtain credit for prior learning.
How to Start
Participants in this program must possess a valid regular driver's license, speak and read English, and be at least 18 years of age.
Program students must obtain a Wisconsin Commercial Class A learner's permit to participate in the program.
- Attend a mandatory Truck Driving Information Session.
- Create a student account online or call 262.691.5578 (if you do not already have one).
- Schedule and complete a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical exam and drug screen. This is required for the program and employment in the industry.
Find more information and answers to frequently asked questions here.
Financial Aid Eligibility
This program does not qualify for financial aid.
The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive.
Learn more about tuition and fees.
$36,000 – $53,000 annually
Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.
Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.
If you enjoy driving and have a clean driving record, possess the physical stamina to be behind the wheel for several hours at a time, and are interested in truck maintenance and mechanics, a career in the trucking industry may be for you. Those in this industry are good time managers and can work independently.
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Whether you're a high school student interested in earning college credits or a college student interested in transferring to a four-year university after graduation, our dual-enrollment and transfer-credit agreements will help you take the next step in your education and career.
High School Dual Credits
Dual enrollment offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to get a head start in high-demand fields through earning college credits. Learn about the credit options.
Transfer Opportunities After WCTC
WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.
- Contact the school to which you'd like to transfer to make sure you understand its transfer policy.
- Talk to your WCTC program advisor about your intent to transfer so he/she can help you plan.
- If you're transferring within the University of Wisconsin (UW) System, contact your desired institution about its transfer policy and visit the UW System's transfer resource page.